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28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:
30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life to supply your lack of service toward me.
CHAP. IV. 4 General exhortations. 10 His joy for their liberality
towards him, and God's grace in them. nPHerefore, my brethren, dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
2 I beseech Enodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names art in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be mada known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, aud if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things which ye have both learned and received, and heard and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with youw
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the
K k 3 last last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye wet-* also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: and every where and in all things I am instructed, both to be full and to be hungry, both- to abound and fo suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth Aie.
14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.
15 Now, ye Philippians, know also that in the beginning" of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
tG For even in Thcssalonica ye sent once and again unto . my necessity.
17 Not because I desire a gift, but I desire fruit that mdy abound to your account.
18 But 1 have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the tliings which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God.
19 But my.God shall supply all your need, according to his riches in glory, by Christ Jesus.
20 Now unto God and our Father he glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21 Salute every Saint in Christ Jesus.' The brethrenwhich are with me greet you. .'
2-2 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are'of Cesar's houshold.
23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
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1 He exhorteth to go oti in godliness, 6 to holiness, Q to love, 11 to quietness, 13 to moderate soirow for the dead. 17 Of the resurrection, and of the last judgment.
beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. . .
'I For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication.
4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in .sauctiiicatiou and honour;
5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
6' That nQ man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
7 For God hath not called us unto uncieanncss, but unto holiness.
8 He therefore that despisedi, despiscth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit.
9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of Gyd to love one another.
10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands as we commanded you;
12' That ye may walk honestly toward tliem that are with/ put, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
J 3 But I would not have you to be ignorant, breihren, K k 3 concerning concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive end remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
CHAP. V. 1 He proceedeth in the description of Christ"* second coming to judgment, 16 and givtth divers precepts, 23 and so, concludeth. "RUT of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
7 For thev that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken, are drunken in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an hehnet, the hope of salvation.
9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Je^us Christ.
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10 Who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one anotlier, even as also ye do.
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; .
13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their works sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble minded, support the weak, b» patient toward all men.
15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man: but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves and to all men.
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray w ithout ceasing.
I3 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ly Quench not the spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. S2 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I -pray Cod your whole spirit and soul and bony be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is he that callcth you, who also will do it.
25 Brethren, pray for us.
2G Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
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